Happy February (Winter’s Almost Over…)
Hello, everyone, and happy February! Even though it’s cold and rainy outside today, I woke up happy to have January behind me. Here are three reasons to be excited about FEBRUARY!
1. Valentine’s Day
2. Mardi Gras!
3. The Saints’ first-ever superbowl victory!!
Another reason I’m excited about this month is it means we’re that much closer to spring! This weekend I saw that the local feed and gardening store has a sign outside announcing “We Have Seed Taters!” When I read that, I thought “YAY!” And then I thought, “Oh no!” because potatoes and other root crops should be planted in February, in the “dark of the moon” (during the new moon). This is maybe a week or two away, and my garden isn’t even CLOSE to being ready to plant anything! I didn’t have a winter garden, and I still need to plow under all the dead tomato and bean plants from the summer.
But I’m so excited about growing my own veggies again this year, especially since we’ve had some rain (finally) and since I’ve got a decent compost pile this year. I started it last year and everything in it should be aged to perfection, including all the chicken poo I’ve added from the girls’ coop. My veggies ought to be DY-NO-MITE this year!
I’d like to try growing some new things, like asparagus (I know I need to hurry up for this one!) and maybe Cherokee purple tomatoes. They’re so beautiful, and I’ve never met a tomato I didn’t adore! I’d also like to do watermelon this year because I love it so much, but I don’t know if I’ve got the room.
Lessons learned from last year’s veggie garden.
- A little bit of cantaloupe seed goes a long, long way.
- Putting pumpkin seeds in your compost isn’t a good idea. Your whole garden will be a crazy pumpkin patch.
- Nothing, NOTHING tastes better than a fresh-dug potato. Except maybe a just-picked tomato.
- Brussels sprouts + Texas heat = waste of time.
- Ladybugs rule.
I’d love to hear from other gardeners about heir gardens. What are your growing this year? What have you learned? What’s your favorite thing about your garden?